- Adam Rittenberg, College Football
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As colleague Brett McMurphy tweeted earlier today, the SEC leads all conferences with 23 players on the two Super Bowl rosters (based on 2012 conference membership). But the Big Ten isn't too far behind.
The San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens boast a combined 19 Big Ten players on their rosters for Super Bowl XLVII. That's tied with the ACC for the second highest total among conferences this season.
Here's the Big Ten contingent for the Big Ten in New Orleans on Feb. 3.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois
Garrett Celek, TE, Michigan State
Trenton Robinson, S, Michigan State
Jonathan Goodwin, C, Michigan
Alex Boone, OL, Ohio State
Ted Ginn Jr., WR, Ohio State
Larry Grant, LB, Ohio State
Donte Whitner, S, Ohio State
NaVorro Bowman, LB, Penn State
Scott Tolzien, QB, Wisconsin
Mario Manningham, WR, Michigan
Al Netter, OG, Northwestern
Nate Stupar, LB, Penn State
Jack Cornell, OL, Illinois
Here are some coaching staff connections for each team ...
Head coach Jim Harbaugh played quarterback at Michigan
Quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst served as a Wisconsin assistant in 1988
Assistant secondary coach Greg Jackson was a Wisconsin assistant in 2010
Linebackers coach Jim Leavitt joined Hayden Fry's staff at Iowa in 1989
Running backs coach Tom Rathman played running back at Nebraska
Head coach John Harbaugh coached Indiana's defensive backs and special teamers in 1997
Assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg coached Minnesota's secondary in 1996
Offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell played at Iowa; served as a Penn State assistant from 1986-92 and a Northwestern assistant in 1981
Defensive coordinator Dean Pees held the same post at Michigan State from 1995-97
Secondary coach Teryl Austin held the same post at Michigan from 1999-2002 and served as a graduate assistant at Penn State
Offensive line coach Andy Moeller played linebacker at Michigan and coached the Wolverines offensive line from 2000-07
As colleague Brett McMurphy tweeted earlier today, the SEC leads all conferences with 23 players on the two Super Bowl rosters (based on 2012 conference membership).